Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful

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Tuesday March 28th 2017
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‘Kids’ Archives

Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients: Bars: 4 eggs 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 15-ounce can pumpkin Icing: 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar 8-ounce package cream cheese, [...]

Deviled Eyeballs

Deviled Eyeballs

Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 15 Mins Ready In: 30 Mins Servings 12 Ingredients: 6 eggs 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard (such as Gulden's®) 1 teaspoon yellow mustard 1 teaspoon white sugar salt and pepper to taste 6 black olives, cut in half 2-3 drops blue food coloring [...]

Teachers Are Entitled To Voice Their Opinions Too

Teachers Are Entitled To Voice Their Opinions Too

No sooner do I get done applauding a parent for creatively addressing her son's failing grades and general lack of concern for getting an education; I read about a teacher who called out students on her personal blog and was suspended for it. The reasoning against doing both of those things is the sake of a child's self-esteem according to the [...]

Mom Puts Son To Work On Street Corner

Mom Puts Son To Work On Street Corner

I am not a fan of the news in general but last night a story caught my ear.  A mother in Tampa, Rhonda Holder, was fed up with her son's failing grades and FCAT scores so she did something about it.  What she did was put her son on the street corner for 8 hours with a sign.  The sign reads:  "I did four questions on my FCAT and said I wasn't [...]

Spanking: Effective Discipline

Spanking: Effective Discipline

Smack in the middle of the "why are kids violent" issue is spanking. The groups against spanking want you to believe that spanking teaches violence. I happen to disagree and you can see why here at We Don't Teach Kids Violence. Do away with the theories and just look at the facts and you will see that babies are inherently violent and display [...]

We Don’t Teach Kids Violence

We Don’t Teach Kids Violence

I wrote an article not long past that spanking doesn't create violence and showed that the results are pretty much consistent with that conclusion.  People disagree and that is their right to disagree.  They present arguments that spanking does create violence and the reason we are seeing an increase in violence has nothing to do with not [...]

Why Fear A Teacher

Teachers are an authority figure feared not only by students but by many parents as well. This fear doesn’t come from the teacher’s influence on the child’s grade. The fear for parents has been hardwired into their brain from when they were in school. Kids are taught not to question authority or teachers from an early age.  It sticks with a [...]

Can I Put My Child On A Vegetarian Diet?

Due to concerns over where food is coming from, what is going into foods and childhood obesity, many parents are opting for vegetarian diets for their children.  Gone are the days when pediatricians objected this type of diet and provided little assistance to parents wishing to use a vegetarian diet.  Now pediatricians have become more educated [...]

They Made Me Yell At Them

They Made Me Yell At Them

Yesterday was the kind of day that made me feel like I have completely and totally failed at being a parent.  I know people will say kids are kids and not to stress it but I am stressing it.  Yesterday, I don't know who was in my house and in my kitchen but it wasn't my children.  It is like aliens took over their bodies, minds and souls. To [...]

Response To Spanking

Response To Spanking

I wrote the post Spanking Doesn't Teach Violence - The Proof Is In and the response has been overwhelming.  I should say the private response.  I have gotten tons of emails agreeing with my general point on the issue.  I have also gotten tons that disagree.  Fact is there are many people who agree with spanking as they have seen the results of [...]

Spanking Doesn’t Teach Violence – The Proof Is In

Spanking Doesn’t Teach Violence – The Proof Is In

The proof is in the pudding.  Look at the youth of today and then come back and tell me the kids are less violent today than there were 20 years ago.  You can't do it.  Kids are more violent today.  Kids are now labeled oppositional and defiant instead of just calling them violent.  It isn't the kids fault they have a disorder, boo hoo, cry [...]

Halloween

Halloween

October 31 is right around the corner.  What is so special about this day?  Halloween.  Today, Halloween is largely a children's holiday but it comes from very religious roots.  The ancient Celtic, Catholic and Roman religions brought about the start of celebrating this day.  In time, European folk traditions were added to the mix to create [...]

What To Do When Chores Are Not Getting Done

Chores don’t have to always be a war. However, the most efficient, well thought out family plan will have some challenges in the beginning. Children will never choose chores over playing the X-box or checking out their Faceback page but you can get them to do them without a fight. You have to make the commitment though and stick with [...]

Why I Am Not Friends With My Kids

Why I Am Not Friends With My Kids

I was going to write about make-up and the real difference it makes both inside and out.  I was even going to include pictures of me.  Anyone that has been here before or on Facebook knows I don't do that but I was going to do it to illustrate my point.  Sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words, which means I get to write 1000 less and I have [...]

My Child Doesn’t Want To Be In School – Help!

My Child Doesn’t Want To Be In School – Help!

I am usually the one who is giving the advice or making the suggestions but right now I am at a loss and need help.  My 13 year old son has absolutely no desire to be in school.  His father and I have been dealing with this since he entered kindergarten.  We had a brief reprieve in the fourth and fifth grade but then he went right back to [...]

Parents in the News – Recently

Parents in the News – Recently

I have been following the news on three parents recently.  It will come as no surprise who the three parents are: A mom from St. Clair Shores, Michigan who drove her teenage son to a 7-11 convenience store to beat up a younger kid.  She not only drove him there, but once there she cheered him on and encouraged the beating.  The other [...]

Starting Teens on the Road to Good Credit

Today good credit is essential to multiple aspects of life. In the past good credit affected getting a good interest rate on a loan or getting a loan at all. Now credit reports are pulled for everything from job applications to insurance rates to bank loans and rates. Having good credit and a credit history is essential. With the advent of [...]

5 Simple Ways to Get Decent Behavior

There are many ways to make a child behave in the moment but as a parent we should strive for decent behavior the majority of the time rather than great behavior in the moment. These 5 tips will help get your child on a pretty decent routine of having decent behavior for the majority of the time.  If you are consistent in applying these tips, [...]

Lessen the Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry is an age old problem. My goodness it dates back to biblical times so don't feel stressed if it is going on in your home and you can't stop it. There are some ways to better deal with it but understand that you nor I nor any parent will ever put an end to sibling rivalry altogether. When I say siblings I mean any children [...]

Education

At some point all parents hear the same thing from their kids, “why do I have to go to school?” The simple answer we usually give is, “because I said so”. But why is education important? Children learn far more things than they will ever utilize in their adult lives from elementary to high school. So why? In this day and age, education [...]

Chores

Most of us have some memory of doing chores as a kid. I can’t think of one of my childhood friends who actually enjoyed doing chores but we certainly enjoyed spending the allowance they brought in. I hated chores but luckily or unluckily for me my parents weren’t hard core about them so my brother and I could find ways around them. As a [...]

Why Parents Need to Take Back Control of Their Children

Why Parents Need to Take Back Control of Their Children

I will probably offend a lot of parents with this so I am warning you ahead of time. On the NBC Today show there was an interview with a 13 year old girl, Kayla Mason, about the charges she is facing and being tried as an accomplice in the beating of another child, her best friend, Josie Ratley.  The original story came out March 24 and "the [...]

Bullying in the Schools – Nothing Being Done

Bullying in the Schools – Nothing Being Done

I am quite outraged and extremely disappointed at my kid's school. Weeks ago my son reported he was being bullied all year long by other students. He wrote a statement, provided names and there were teachers who witnessed the bullying. After he reported it and I asked for an investigation and something to be done about it, his teacher asked for [...]

10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

We all want our kids to eat their vegetables. We are told they have to eat them in order to grow and thrive so we do what we can from camouflage to making unrealistic threats and demands. My kids eat all their vegetables, ok that is not true, they don't eat them but they do get them. I know I am to blame that is what all the good "experts" say. [...]

Insect Bites

Insect bites are not just a scratchy nuisance.  Today there are many serious medical complications that can arise from being bitten by those pesky insects.  The scratching of those bites can lead to infection as well. In order to protect your kids and yourself this summer this article is going to walk you through proper use of insect [...]

A Summer Co-op can be a life saver

You might be asking yourself, what is a summer co-op? A summer co-op is a group of parents who come together for the summer to help each other out. Summer can be expensive with additional childcare cost, higher electric bills, higher food bills and just time spent on summer. Creating a summer co-op of parents can help drastically reduce those [...]

What to do for the summer

If you are looking for something for you kids to do this summer you have probably already searched the web long before you go to this page.  One of the reasons you are at this page, I am guessing, is because you didn't find the answer you were looking for out there on the web. Summer is the time kids get to kick back and take a break from [...]

Bring Back Community Parenting

Bring Back Community Parenting

I have been thinking a lot about the mother in the store the other day and her response when people tried to speak to her about it.  She isn't alone.  There are a good majority of parents, if you commented on how maybe their child was just being bad and needed to be dealt with that would tear your head off.  This mind your own business because [...]

If Your Child Can’t Behave Stop Taking It Out In Public!

If Your Child Can’t Behave Stop Taking It Out In Public!

Today I went to the store to pick up a few things and witnessed a mom yelling at a child who was just destroying the aisle.  Boxes and cans of food littered the floor.  I was shocked that she just stood there yelling at him. It was like a train wreck and several people stopped to watch this child throwing this fit and his mother doing nothing [...]

Is Your Child Ready For Summer Camp?

Is Your Child Ready For Summer Camp?

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many kids and parents. Some kids thrive in summer camp where others hate it. Parents send their kids to camp for a variety of reasons and not all of them are about the child wanting to go to camp. The first thing parents need to figure out and be honest with themselves about is whether or not their child [...]

Getting ready for summer

Getting ready for summer

Today I am kicking off my summer series. A collection of articles relating to, wait for it, summer. Summer time is a great thing for kids and they look forward to it all year long. For my kids they have 17 days left till summer officially arrives and trust me they are counting the days. Now for them it is a great time. For me it is a semi-great [...]

Ronald McDonald making kids fat?!?!

Ronald McDonald making kids fat?!?!

I have to seriously question the intelligence of people sometimes.  I like to believe that it is just ignorance but daily I get reminded that pure stupidity exist everywhere.  Why do I think this??  Well there a few groups who are trying to pressure McDonald into getting rid of Ronald McDonald.  I am not kidding, I wish I was but I am [...]

Benefits Of Homeschooling

Why let your children learn at home rather than send them to school? Well there plenty of good solid reasons to do it but we aren't going to look at all of those. This article is a child's point of view or rather several children, as to why they should learn at home rather than school. This is in no way scientific just a group of kids [...]

Fruit Dips

Here are some fruit dips that kids and adults will love. They are great for snacks or parties. These dips are easy to make and fun to eat. Feel free to add to any of the recipes to make it fit your families tastes. Fruit Salad Dressing Recipe Ingredients: 1 TBS flour 1/3 cup sugar 1 egg (well beaten) ½ cup pineapple juice [...]

Mini Meat Loafs

Prep Time:   20 Mins Cook Time:   1 Hr 20 Mins Ready In:   1 Hr 40 Mins Servings   8 kid friendly servings Ingredients 1/2 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon prepared mustard 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 [...]

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Prep Time:   10 Mins Cook Time:   45 Mins Ready In:   55 Mins Servings    6 Ingredients 1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1 (12 ounce) container small curd cottage cheese 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream 1 cup milk 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese salt [...]

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Prep Time:   15 Mins Cook Time:   15 Mins Ready In:   30 Mins Servings   12 Ingredients: 6 eggs 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard (such as Gulden's®) 1 teaspoon yellow mustard 1 teaspoon white sugar salt and pepper to taste paprika for garnish (optional) 6 pimento-stuffed [...]

Chicken Crisps Lollipops

Prep Time:   15 Mins Cook Time:   20 Mins Ready In:   35 Mins Servings   10 Ingredients 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 egg 2 tablespoons milk 2 cups crushed potato chips any variety and flavor lollipop sticks from a craft or party store (avoid sharp skewers with small [...]

Bagel Pizzas

Prep Time:   5 Mins Cook Time:   5-8 Mins Ready In:   10-15 Mins Servings   1 Ingredients [...]

Bullying in school

Bullying in school

Bullying in schools is an age old situation. Bullies have always been around and will always be around it seems. There has been an alarming trend of girls getting in on the bullying as well. We have all been there and we have all seen some form of bullying going on whether it be on the playground, in the classroom, or on the sports field. [...]

Safety Tips

Whether you already have a trusted family pet or are just introducing a pet to your children it is always important to remember that pets are animals. Therefore, all children need to learn some basic safety tips to ensure the safety of them and the pet. Below are some good tips that will help child and pet play well together and hopefully build [...]

The Right Age Child for Your Pet

Wanting a pet and being the right age for a pet or two totally different things. Children have a tendency to have way more confidence in their ability to take care of pet than they actually have. When choosing a pet for your child or the entire family, making sure it is age appropriate is the first step. Infants An infant is incapable of not [...]

Pets

What kid doesn't want a pet at some point growing up. Pets are a natural part of a kids life whether it is a cat or dog or a lizard they caught outside. It can often turn out though that mom and dad take care of the pets and the kids enjoy them. I doubt that is what you had in mind when you got the pet. Kids don't often realize the extent of [...]

Kids and Obesity

Kids and obesity Too many kids in America are overweight and obese. Doctors are attributing this to unhealthy eating habits. Where I agree that kids diets are a major factor, lack of exercise is the other key contributor. Here we are focusing on the foods so I will only list them but kids need to exercise no matter how healthy they [...]

Lunch Tips

Lunch Tips Kids need a nutritious lunch and what the schools are serving rarely meet those needs. Send them off with a healthy packed lunch instead. Here you will find some tips that will help on the lunch front and get your kids eating better and having the energy they need to make it through the day. Food safety is [...]

Kid Snacks

If you have kids then you know snacks are a necessity. Kids would snack all day if you let them. Although snacking all day isn't healthy, well timed and well balanced snacks can be. After school snacks can be vital to giving your child the extra energy they need to concentrate on homework. Contain snacking We know kids will snack all day [...]

Nutrition

Our children today are leading a sedentary lifestyle. Kids sit all day at school and then come home to video games, television and fast food. Our children are becoming obese and we the parents are to blame. A lot of parents and doctors explain away unhealthy weight as “baby fat” and offer a wait and see solution to the problem. The problem [...]

Siblings

I wanted to create a website that was informative with real world advice. So before I post anything I do a search to see what is already out there. I mean who wants to read the same article 100 times on 100 different sites. You are looking for a solution or advice to help you and reading the same advice might seem to give it credibility but [...]

Time-Outs: Creating one problem to fix another?!?!

I am going to say right off I am against time-outs. I am not saying time-outs aren’t effective; I am just not for them. It is my belief that time outs create additional problems while seemingly solving the immediate problem at hand. Why time outs work on the surface Any parent with a child who has instigated the “time out” as a [...]

PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

When your child is old enough to start school you will start to hear a lot about the joining the local PTA and joining can provide a lot of assistance to you and your child throughout their schooling. The PTA is the largest volunteer nationwide organization that helps parents help their children to succeed in the areas of education. There are [...]